Riverside Country Park – Gillingham, Kent

Area Information:

Riverside Country Park is set on the edge of the river Medway estuary between Rainham and Gillingham covering about 100 hectares and forms part of the Saxon Shore Way footpath network .

The walks are there and back over solid wide pathways away from roads and is a popular place for dog walkers.  At low tide the mud flats are accessible and at some points along the walk so may be worth having your dog on the lead at these points to avoid getting a very muddy dog.

Medway council have produced a series of leaflets which are available from the visitors centre.  They can also be seen on the council website by clicking the links below.

Click here to view information on Riverside to Motney Hill walk.

Click here to view information on Horrid Hill walk.

Click here to view information on Eastcourt Meadows walk.


Lower Rainham Road,

Parking: Large free carpark available.  Closed overnight.



  • – Free Parking in large carpark
  • – Toilets
  • – Food and Drink Available in cafe
  • – Picnic Area
  • – Large Childrens Play Area

Circular Walk Information:

Distance:  Approx 4km (2.5 Miles) dependant on route taken.

Time:  Around 1 hour dependant on your pace.

Terrain:  Flat walk on solid pathways.

Stiles:  None

Dogs on Leads?:  Dogs allowed off lead but be aware that the waters edge can be very muddy at low tide.

Dog Bins: Yes.  Can be found all around the site.

Circular Walk Route:

Dog Walk:

Head out of the carpark towards the estuary and turn right once you are on the main path.  Follow the path all the way along to the end do a u turn and head back.  There are benches, signposts and information boards along the route.  Please note that when turn left at the end and head up to Motney Hill there is a lane that runs alongside the footpath which although is quiet does have some traffic.

You can also turn left at the carpark and head out to Horrid Hill or round to Sharps Green and onwards.



1 thought on “Riverside Country Park – Gillingham, Kent

  1. A.F. Moran

    My dear puppy Border Terrier was bitten by a snake , adder , on 28th Jan.2020
    and died as a result 30th Jan . No warnings displayed , nothing to indicate the
    presence of these wild creatures at this time … perhaps at the end of hibernation. .The council let the phone run for 20 mins. on a cycle , no humans !
    so , in despair I would ask you please ….. let people know of the dangers at Riverside . I close , in misery .


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